Batman’s second tier of villains is woeful; Detective Comics #15, written by John Layman (Chew), with artwork by Jason Fabok (Batman: The Dark Knight), under the banner of ‘Death of the Family’ with the now tiresome die-cut cover, highlights this.
However, despite the disappointing opening to ‘Emperor Penguin‘, the storyline has piqued my interest and I shall no doubt return next month (provided my local can supply me with #14).
A sad truth lingers behind the romance between Clayface and Poison Ivy, who are thankfully moved along this month. Interest lies with the Penguin, the Joker and Ogilvy, who I’d highlighted as one to watch in my review of Detective Comics #13. Having established the character, it will be interesting to see his direction in the coming months.
Jason Fabok’s art is entirely in keeping with the story, I like his Poison Ivy (who is more interesting here than she’s been in a long time, congratulations creative team!) and he manages to inject real emotion into Clayface’s, well, face. The scene in which he and Batman face off is a wonder; Fabok captures some great superhero action.
Andy Clarke’s artwork is also a pleasure in the back-up story.
Read for Layman’s story rather than any ‘Death of the Family’ tie in. The crossover content doesn’t add anything to the event or the issue.